Traditionally made at Christmas, the spritz is a crisp, fragile and buttery cookie that’s incredibly delicious. These holiday spritz cookies are made in peppermint and chocolate and are dressed up for the holidays!
It’s Day 3 of 12 Days of Cookies! If you’ve been following along, then you’ve already seen my Frosted Sugar Cookies & Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms. Today, I’m bringing you a classic, Holiday Spritz cookies!
I’ve been making spritz cookies for at least 30 years. Every year, my Mom would get out the old, metal cookie press and we’d make several dozen of these buttery cookies. Of course, the recipe came from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book , but sometimes we’d mix things up and add different flavoring.
This year, I made a peppermint and a chocolate Holiday Spritz cookie. For the peppermint spritz, I dyed half the dough red to create a fun swirl in the cookies. For the chocolate, I added dark chocolate cocoa powder to the dough to create the subtle hint of chocolate.
Both are so buttery and delicious… and I think my favorite Christmas cookie, ever. You can’t go wrong with simple.
I wondered though, what is the history of the spritz cookie? I mean… it’s history must go back further than my 1960′s cookbook.
According to the Baker’s Field Guide to Christmas Cookies, ”spritz” is a German word that means “to squirt or spurt”. Which is exactly how you make these cookies. A cookie press or a pastry bag with a tip are needed to squirt the dough onto a baking sheet in various shapes.
In Germany, the spritz cookie is known as a Spritzgebäck and is made with flour, sugar, eggs and butter and is crisp, delicate, slightly dry and buttery. Spritzgebäck cookies originated during the Medieval European period and were derived from the gingerbread cookie Lebkuchen in the 1500s. Since then, the spritzgebäck became a household tradition during the holidays. (Source: ifood.tv)
Pretty interesting! I’ve been making a cookie for 3 decades that originated in the country I currently live in! How sweet!
Want more cookies?
Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted Friday!